The EU is to establish a single border guard that has the right to patrol a member state’s border against its wishes, under plans to be unveiled by Jean-Claude Juncker next week.
Mr Juncker will unveil plans to create an EU Border and Coast Guard agency in a bid to halt the influx of 1.5 million refugees expected to attempt to enter Europe next year and save the Schengen zone from collapse.
In the largest extension of the EU’s powers since the creation of the single currency, the European Commission will be able to deploy the force to countries that have not requested help manning their borders.
The plans will be unveiled by Mr Juncker on Tuesday, and will be discussed at a summit in Brussels on Thursday night.
The Greek authorities have been blamed by Brussels for failing to patrol their borders and register the hundreds of thousands of migrants on the trial to Germany. Britain is not in the Schengen zone and will fall outside the new agency.
The body will be able to monitor EU countries’ borders security and migration flows in “real time”, and issue orders to seal any gaps in the border to national border forces. EU liason officers will be deployed to national bodies to monitor their performance and conduct “vulnerability assessments”.
The agency will also be able to deploy a standing force of 1,500 border guards “within days” to halt an incursion, whether member states support such a move or not.
“In urgent situations, the agency must be able to step in to ensure that action is taken on the ground even where there is no request for assistance from the member state concerned or where that member state considers that there is no need for additional intervention,” a leaked text outlining the plans seen by the Telegraph says.
“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link,” the text says.
“Citizens’ confidence in our collective ability to manage our common external borders has been put to the test by events of this year, and in particular by the unprecedented rise in flows of migrants and refugees,” the text says.
“We can only have a Schengen area without internal borders if its external borders are effectively secured and protected.”
The new agency will operate drones over the Mediterranean sea to spot migrants. The force will also have a dedicated unit to deport failed asylum seekers, and will create a new EU travel document to allow the deportation of those who have lost or destroyed their passports.